LAAB Public Information
Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board
The Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture (PSLA) at the University of Maryland offers two professional degrees in Landscape Architecture accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). Both the undergraduate BLA and graduate MLA degrees meet the academic requirements for licensure.
Landscape Architecture Fact Sheet 2016-2017
University of Maryland Landscape Architecture has over 300 alums. They are employed in a variety of private and public organization across the region, nation, and world.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) at Maryland are accredited first professional degree programs. Students have travelled to Italy, New Zealand and Costa Rica. Students have also interned in firms across Maryland and the nation- primarily the East Coast.
The BLA normally takes four years (eight semesters), plus one summer internship or study abroad, to complete. BLA students may enter as freshmen or transfer into the second year of the program. Admission is based on grades, test scores, and academic coursework. For more information please see Prospective Undergrad Students.
The MLA is a three-year (six semester), accredited program. Those who enter with a BLA degree complete a two-year degree program. MLA students who enter with a BSAS or BArch degree usually require two-and-one-half years (five semesters). Requirements for MLA admission include a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate GPA, satisfactory GRE scores, a portfolio and references. International students must demonstrate a minimum level of English proficiency of minimum 100 TOEFL. For more information please see Prospective Graduate Students.
Costs for a full-time BLA student for academic year 2016-2017
Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan
Room, Telecommunications and Cable Fee
Costs for a full-time MLA student for academic year 2016-2017
Graduate Tuition (Resident) = $651.00 per credit (There is not a cap or flat rate for tuition)
BLA 44% female, 56% male
MLA 41% female, 59% male
For more information please visit: Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment.
BLA students must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 GPA (4.0 scale). At the completion of the sophomore year, BLA students must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA in their required landscape architecture coursework to proceed to the junior year of the program. Students failing to meet these requirements are placed on academic probation and have one semester in which to improve their GPA's. All 2013 sophomores that continued in the LARC program met the 2.0 GPA requirement. BLA students may study abroad for one semester and stay in sequence/graduate in the normal expected time.
MLA students are expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Those who fail to meet this requirement are placed on academic probation and have one semester in which to improve their GPA's.
BLA and MLA students receive scholarships, travel awards and other recognition.
2016 Student Recent National Design Awards
MLA students Jason Poole, Jennifer Ren, and Laura Robinson won FIRST PLACE in this year's Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission's Sustainable Growth Challenge!
2015 Student Recent National Design Awards
Harris Trobman named one of six National Olmsted Scholar Finalists.
FIRST PLACE: U.S. EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge
MLA students: Harris Trobman, Jonathan Gemmell, Penny Jacobs, Nick Yoder; Civil and Environmental Engineering students: Jaison Renkenberger, and Yan Wang; Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology: Maria Harwood; Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology/Environmental Public Policy: Benjamin Alexandro; and Agricultural & Resources Economics: Monica Renee Saavoss
HONORABLE MENTION: U.S. EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge
MLA students: Chris Shipley, Seth Fleming, Jun Jiang, Amina Mohamed; and Civil and Environmental Engineering students: Jaison Renkenberger, and Yan Wang
2014 Student Recent National Design Awards
FIRST PLACE: Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition!
MLA student Amina Mohamed, (BLA 2012) was part of a team that also included Andrew Casavant (Master of Community Planning and BLA 2010 alum), David Ensor (Master of Architecture), Matthew Miller (Master of Architecture), and Rameez Munawar, (Master of Real Estate Development). (For more information see: ULI Awards.)
FIRST PLACE: MD Sustainable Growth Challenge
Participants: Robyn Edwards, Amy Marin, Elisabeth Walker, Nancy Britt, Adriana Mendoza, and Travis Wierengo (For more information see: Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission.)
Honorable Mention: EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge
Participants: Nancy Britt, Travis Wierengo, Shoshanah Haberman (PSLA) and Jaison Renkenberger (Civil and Environmental Engineering). In addition to Jaison, Claire Muerdter, and Caleb Hii from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering also served as co-collaborators and provided input to three team submissions.
About half of incoming and current MLA students receive assistantships which provide from at least one year of funding (tuition remission plus benefits).
Recent firms that have hired or provided internships for both BLA and MLA students can be found on our Recent Participating Firms page.